Celebrate with Healthy Options this Thanksgiving
The holidays are meant for gathering around the table, sharing traditions and great food with your loved ones. However, you can still celebrate and enjoy fabulous flavors of traditional foods, yet leave some of those unhealthy, empty calories behind and start new traditions in your kitchen. We have come up with some great twists on some old favorites as well as some completely new ones to explore.
Enjoy, celebrate and enjoy nutritious, healthy options this Thanksgiving!
- – Sweet Potato Gratin is a fresh new twist on an old standby. High in dietary fiber, vitamin A, and easily prepared as a baked dish, this rendition is sure to please your loved ones and replace the old favorite.
- – Lentil and Red Pepper Bake is a low calorie and high protein option that will also add some lovely fall color to your table…after all presentation is everything (after taste, that is!)
- – Butternut Squash Soup makes a great starter side dish for your Thanksgiving table. Butternut Squash is higher in vitamin A than pumpkin as well as b-complex vitamins and a great source of dietary fiber.
- – Roasted Brussels sprouts with Walnuts give you another high fiber dish and the walnuts add a yummy flavor. Brussels sprouts are also a high protein veggie option, one cup has twice as much protein as carbs and they are also high in B6.
- – Green Beans & Pancetta with Whole-Grain Mustard Dressing is a great way to get your vitamin C and plenty of dietary fiber. This dish is much healthier and lower in sodium than the typical (ugh!) canned beans and soup recipe. Green beans are chock full of vitamin C and dietary fiber.
…Now get ready for some yummy Thanksgiving desert options!
- – Pumpkin Pie with Rum is hard to beat for your traditional Thanksgiving dessert. Dark molasses for the sweetener adds iron and nonfat evaporated milk replaces the heavy cream and really cuts calories but no loss on flavor.
- – Squash and Cheesecake Bars will give your typical pumpkin pie a run for the money in flavor, yet much less calories and lower sugar. The oats and low sugar graham crackers make a lovely, crunchy crust to the smooth squash.
Are you going to try one or two of these? Let us know how they turned out. Better yet, share with us some of your healthier holiday recipes!